Love! Valor! Dragons!
CLASSIC CHINESE LEGEND BLOSSOMS IN AVON WITH THOMPSON BROOK SCHOOL STUDENTS’ PRODUCTION OF DISNEY’S MULAN JR.
Thompson Brook School (TBS) students will infuse an ancient Chinese legend with singing, dancing, color, and excitement through their production of Disney’s Mulan JR. on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday April 2, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will take place at Thompson Brook School, 150 Thompson Road, Avon.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. However, seating is not guaranteed due to room capacity requirements. The PTO encourages pre-purchasing tickets – click HERE for order form. Deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017. Tickets are $10.00 per adult and $7.00 per student/senior.
Disney’s Mulan JR. is an action-packed stage adaptation of the 1998 Disney film Mulan and the story Fa Mulan by Robert D. San Souci. The score by Matthew Wilder, David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge includes favorites like “Reflection,” “Honor to Us All,” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” as well as new songs created by Bryan Louiselle and Patricia Cotter.
The story follows the adventures of a free-spirited and courageous young girl named Mulan (played by Lillian Peng). Her world is turned upside-down when the Huns invade, and the Emperor declares that one man from every family must serve in the Imperial Army. Mulan’s father (played by Neil Grover) agrees to serve, although an old war wound prevents him from walking properly and guarantees him certain death. Mulan disguises herself as a man, and accompanied by her trusty dragon Mushu (played by Jonah Weber), slips away in the night. Her disguise holds and she successfully joins the army in her father’s place. The adjustment to army life is difficult, but Mulan perseveres and is transformed into a celebrated and courageous soldier.
Working with director Terri Schulman, musical director Laura Harris, and choreographer Terry Rowe, more than 50 Thompson Brook fifth and sixth graders have been rehearsing both on stage and behind the scenes in dozens of different roles since the first week of January. The annual TBS Spring Musical is sponsored by the PTO. Proceeds from previous years’ productions have helped purchase such after school theatre wish list items as backstage headsets, character microphones, scenery, and props.
Mulan JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, (212) 541-4684, mtishows.com.
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser, and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.
MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.